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Saturday, September 7, 2013
The Master Plan of Evangelism - Intro!
And he said unto them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mk. 16:15)
"Philosophers," wrote Karl Marx, "you have only interpreted the world differently; the point is, however, to change it."
However unlike they are in fundamental affirmations, the Christian gospel and communism are at this point in agreement. But the agreement goes little further. Distinctively, the Church proclaims the changed world as the consequence of changed men. Reflective man produces new philosophies; it is only regenerate man who holds the clue to a society that is really new.
It is the conviction, grounded in the good news that "God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself," that makes evangelism immensely more than a theory or a slogan. It brings it into focus as a necessity.
At this point, however, the question rises: How do we go forward with an evangelism---a widening of the circle of faith so that it includes more and more people who have transformingly trusted Christ as Savior---that is continuous, contagious, and compelling?
Robert E. Coleman has presented a set of principles and sketched a scheme which, studied carefully, will go far toward rescuing the concept of evangelism from the realm of the "special" and the "occasional", and anchoring where it belongs in the essential, ongoing life and witness of the congregation.
There is nothing in the following pages that belittles what the Spirit of God has done, and continues to do, through the colossal, concerted, temporary undertakings of such evangelistic specialists as Moody, Sunday, or Graham. On the other hand, there is much that beckons us to the disciple-winning that works through small groups and builds toward congregational witness---all of it calculated to demonstrate the connection between the Gospel to which we bear testimony and the life which that Gospel enables us to live.
The author's work, concentrating as it does on the pattern we see in our Lord and His disciples, is saturated with Scripture. His style is unembellished. It is plain. It is direct. It unfailingly echoes the transparent sincerity of the mind that has thought long on the theme with which it is at grips.
Only this morning I heard a radio speaker make the observation that, in most matters, we move in either of two directions: from words to things, or from things to words. That is to say, if we do not make the journey from theories and ideals to concrete situations, then the concrete situations will be lost under a smog of words.
From the latter peril I believe this earnest volume can help deliver us. It is therefore a pleasure to commend it.
Paul S. Rees
My dear friends, "this earnest volume" that has been spoken of is the book in which these words come from, The Master Plan of Evangelism and Discipleship written by Robert E. Coleman. This book has made a huge difference in my life as it has in the lives of millions of Christians around the world. In my opinion, this book is the best book ever written on such topics. My hope and prayer is that in the next couple of weeks or so the words from this book will make an immense impact in your lives.
Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! I hope and pray that this series on Evangelism will make an immediate impact in your life and those you serve in your community and family. May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-).